JOIN A LIFE GROUP TODAY!
The purpose of Life Groups at SFC is to promote spiritual growth through authentic Christian relationships and the study of God's Word.
Life Groups are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we gather to study, share, support, and serve together. God doesn’t want any of us to walk alone - we need each other.
LIFE GROUPS ARE ALL ABOUT GROWING TOGETHER!
If you choose to be in a Life Group we are confident you will find community. Here at SFC, we envision people following Jesus in a thriving church community. We do this by creating engaging environments where people can encounter God, grow together in a community, and love others in our church, city, and around the world. When it comes down to it, SFC’s mission and vision come to life in LIFE GROUPS!
Sign-ups: January 28th + February 4th
Sign-ups: April 7th + Apri 14th
Life Group Leaders and Hosts can access leader resources here:
Frequently Asked Questions
How Important are Life Groups?
We consider Life Groups to be the hub of our ministry. They are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we develop community by encouraging, supporting, and challenging one another. God doesn’t want any of us to be left to walk alone – we need each other.
What is a Life Group?
A Life Group is made up of 10‑16 people who meet weekly to study, to share, and to support one another in their Christian lives. Each group is led by a trained leader and host couple. A typical meeting lasts for an hour and a half, followed by light, dessert refreshments. Some groups choose to also spend some time in singing and worship.
How Long Does a Group Last?
Each Life Group session lasts 9-11 weeks. Basically, we’ve broken the year into 4 quarters or sessions. At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group, or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. However, groups do not meet mid‑June through August, though some continue to meet informally or socially through the summer.
Which Group Should I Join?
We suggest you join a group based on your “station in life” rather than on geography or the most convenient night of the week. We’ve found that a group works best when you share common interests, backgrounds, marital status or similar aged children. Frankly, sometimes it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit. But don’t worry, you’ll find it!
What is the Required Commitment?
Joining a Life Group requires a 9-11 week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and to do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events...but not much more! We have found that this commitment is the key to strong relationships and healthy groups.
What About Childcare?
Life Groups are for adults only (exceptions are made for nursing newborns ‑ up to six months). We leave it up to each family to work out their own childcare. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose group meets on a different evening or time.
What Will We Study?
The studies are based on the previous weekend’s sermon. Most of our Life Groups are built upon what we call a “Lecture‑Lab” model. If you imagine the weekend sermon as a lecture on Christian living, then the group meeting is a lab where you get to discuss how the sermon works out in real life.
Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions to study and complete before your meeting. The homework is included on the back of the sermon note sheet found in your bulletin. It will usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the homework.
How Do I Sign Up?
Church wide sign‑ups begin at the start of each new session (in September, January, and March). You can also sign up before or after any weekend worship service, by calling the church office, or sign up online here. Our pastors and staff will be happy to help you find just the right group for you. Those who are new to the church (start attending in the middle of a session) can sign up and join any group that has openings without waiting for the start of a new session.
When and Where Do These Groups Meet?
Our Life Groups meet on various days and nights of the week in homes throughout the community. A few of them actually meet at the church building even though we view them as Life Groups.